Bridges, Borderlands, and Nepantla: An Introduction to Gloria Anzaldúa

A versatile author, Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) published poetry, short stories, essays, autobiographical narratives, interviews, children’s books, philosophy, and multi-genre anthologies. As the author of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987), Anzaldúa offered an innovative approach to autobiographical narrative and played a major role in shaping contemporary Chicano/a and lesbian/queer identities. And as editor or co-editor of three multicultural anthologies, including This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981), she played an equally vital role in developing an inclusive feminist movement and new forms of alliance-making. This seminar offers an overview of Anzaldúa and her work, focusing on her innovative contributions to US American literature and contemporary theory.